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Nari Niketan Case
Baby's DNA confirms employee raped victim
Chotu Ram, the main accused in the Nari Niketan case, at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, December 23
The matching of DNA samples of the newly born baby of the Nari Niketan rape victim, the first substantial evidence in the sensational case, has confirmed a security guard in Aashreya, the home for orphaned mentally retarded children Sector 47, raped the mentally challenged woman.

Chotu Ram, the main accused in the Nari Niketan case, at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Rent Reality — II
Correction in commercial property
Chandigarh, December 23
After commercial property rentals hitting the roof in the city last year, these are showing downward trend now. With the corporate sector yet to recover from the global meltdown, the commercial rentals are passing through the “correctional phase”, property observers say, adding that the boom seems to be a distant reality in the near future.

Anuradha Murder Case
Daughter complains against SI
Chandigarh, December 23
After turning hostile in the murder case of her mother, Anuradha Sandhu, Osean today got her statement recorded in the case against an investigating officer.

I could never play tennis again: Aradhana
Chandigarh, December 23
The memories of their teen years together are still fresh in Aradhana’s mind. Even after 19 years of the unfortunate incident, tears still roll down the eyes of Aradhana, then a 14-year-old girl and Ruchika’s best friend. “When I think of that moment, I get horrified,” she says.


4 more die of swine flu
Chandigarh, December 23
Four more persons succumbed to swine flu here today, raising the death toll to 41. The number of H1N1 patients has risen to 293, with new cases being reported during the day. Of these, two patients are from Chandigarh, three from Haryana and one from HP.

Tribune Impact
Merit, waiting lists out
Chandigarh, December 23
The UT education department today released the merit and waiting lists for teachers’ recruitment on its website. The move came after The Tribune highlighted that violating all norms, the department did not reveal the merit of the selected candidates and the waiting list of the recruitment done last month.


MC house meeting likely to be stormy
Oppn councillors to corner Mayor over exemption to Babla
Chandigarh, December 23
This year’s last meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation house scheduled for tomorrow may again be a stormy affair. Sources say some members are in a mood to corner the authorities for not sending the minutes of the last house meeting, in which the agenda of exemption from house to Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla was approved, to the councillors.

10% rent hike for food street outlets
Chandigarh, December 23
If the present allottees of kiosks at the Night Food Street in Sector 14 wish to continue to run their eating outlets till January 15, 2010, when the municipal corporation will make fresh allotments, they will be required to pay an additional 10 per cent over and above the existing rent to the civic body within two days.

A boy blows bubbles at the Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh.
A boy blows bubbles at the Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Residents feel the chill as mercury dips
Chandigarh, December 23
With the festive season around the corner, the chill persisted in the city and its adjoining areas here today with the minimum temperature recorded at 4.2.degrees Celsius. However, those planning to go out of town for Christmas-New Year celebrations can breathe a sigh of relief as the meteorological department predicted the absence of dense fog in the coming days.

Emphasis on employee recognition
Chandigarh, December 23
The international conference on “Management and Valuation of Intangibles” being organised by University Business School, Panjab University, concluded at English department here today.

Website connecting Indian, UK artistes on cards
Chandigarh, December 23
The new regional director of India and Singapore, British Council, Ruth Gee, was here last week with a message that the key purpose of the council remained the same, only the medium was undergoing a change.

Looking Ahead: 2010
Mohali skyline set to change
Mohali, December 23
Fighting infrastructural shortcomings, the gateway to Punjab is slowly chugging its way to progress. The year ahead is expected to be eventful as some of the projects announced by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority will be taking shape.

‘Combat stress with sudarshan kriya’
Chandigarh, December 23
With increase in the stressful working conditions, strained relations and deteriorating health, city residents are facing drastic changes in lifestyle.

A biker performs stunts in front of Government Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh.
Living dangerously: A biker performs stunts in front of Government Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Get NoC or face action, DTO to taxi drivers
Mohali, December 23
The District Transfer Officer, Karan Singh, has urged those plying taxis bearing registration number of other states to get no objection certificates from authorities concerned for getting their vehicles registered here failing which heavy penalties would be imposed after December 31.

Security gates in Sec 15, 21 soon
Chandigarh, December 23
To do away with night rowdyism, theft, burglary and minimising other incidents of crime during night in the city, the UT administration has initiated a pilot project of installing security gates in Sectors 15 and 21.

Stray Cattle Menace
Home secy asks MC to take strict measures
Chandigarh, December 23
Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Local Bodies Ram Niwas today convened a meeting to deal with the stray cattle menace in the city.

Air Commodore Rajeev Sachdeva (left) takes over as Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing from Air Commodore SRK Nair (right) in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Sachdeva is 12 Wing chief
Chandigarh, December 23
Air Commodore Rajeev Sachdeva took over as the Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing here today. Prior to this, he was the Chief Instructor at the Fixed Wing Training Faculty at Air Force Station, Yelahanka.

Air Commodore Rajeev Sachdeva (left) takes over as Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing from Air Commodore SRK Nair (right) in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Rehabilitation centre inaugurated
Chandigarh, December 23
Inaugurating the Don Bosco Navjeevan Rehabilitation Centre for special children in Sector 47 here today, UT Administrator SF Rodrigues said it was societal responsibility to extend all basic facilities and possible help to special children, to enable them to lead lives of dignity, respect and confidence.

Women perform at a cultural function organised by the Sports and Recreation Club at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Musical bonanza at Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, December 23
The musical and entertainment bonanza organised by Sports and Recreation club of Accountant General (A and E), had a glorious chance to assess, appreciate and audit their artistic capabilities and potential at their annual meet at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Women perform at a cultural function organised by the Sports and Recreation Club at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Mystery shrouds woman’s death
Chandigarh, December 23
Mystery shrouds the death of a 27-year-old married woman after her brother accused her in-laws of harassing and mistreating his sister. The woman, Kirti, who was an acute kidney patient, died at the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital last night. Her brother, Gaurav, had met her yesterday at the hospital where she was admitted a couple of days back, said the police.

Estate officers appointed
Chandigarh, December 23
The Chandigarh administration has appointed the following officials as Estate Officers, UT, Chandigarh, under sub-section (g) of Section 2 of the Capital of Punjab Development and Regulation Act 1952.

Parking contract terminated
Chandigarh, December 23
The Market Committee has terminated the contract of the parking lot near Jogindra Flour Mills in Grain Market, Sector 26.


From Schools
Plays, dance mark Anees annual function
Mohali, December 23
The seventh annual function of Anees School, Sector 69, was held today with grandeur and enthusiasm. District education officer Niranjan Singh was chief guest. The cultural event started with class III students presenting ‘Saraswati vandana’. Students of play classes participated in a glittering ramp show, showcasing the best of dresses and attitude.

Students of Manav Mangal Smart School celebrate Christmas in Mohali; and (right) visually challenged students share sweets in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Students of Manav Mangal Smart School celebrate Christmas in Mohali; and (right) visually challenged students share sweets in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photographs

PU not to be ‘petty’ any more
To directly transfer small amount into bank accounts
Chandigarh, December 23
Panjab University has finally woken up to the issue of giving petty cheques of Rs 15, Rs 20 etc to its faculty members and staff. The practice of issuing cheques of such small amounts, each of which costs the administration Rs 100 in addition to the man-hours involved, will now be discontinued.

‘Priyadarshi Ashok’ performed at DPS
Panchkula, December 23
“Priyadarshi Ashok”, a dance-drama, was presented by Delhi Public School (DPS), Sector 40, at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula, as part of their annual day celebration.

NSS volunteers for youth fest in Orissa
Chandigarh, December 23
As many as four NSS volunteers of Chandigarh will participate in the XV National Youth Festival being held in Bhubaneswar from January 8 to 12, 2010.

Sakham wins Chandigarh round
Mohali, December 23 Sakham Gakhar from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, battled with students from 41 schools to be crowned winner of the Chandigarh round of the HDFC Standard Life Spell Bee - India Spells 2010 at the Manav Mangal School here yesterday.


Zoo ensures animals are not left out in cold
Chhat (Banur), December 23
Officials at Chhatbir zoo are using indigenous methods as well as gadgets to keep the animals warm this winter. As the mercury continues to fall, various types of mats and thatch roofs, made from locally grown grass that is easily available, have been put up in the animal enclosures to protect them from the chill. Besides these blowers, heaters, high voltage bulbs and other electric gadgets have been installed.

Seven arrested for raping minor
Kalka, December 23
A minor girl of Tipra Railway Colony was allegedly gang raped here. According to police sources, Asha (16) (name changed), a resident of Tipra Railway Colony, adjacent to Kalka was gang raped for three days. The alleged crime was committed by a group of more than seven persons.

Roadways union memo to GM
Ambala, December 23
The Haryana Roadways Workers’ Union submitted a memorandum to HR general manager BS Ghanghas here yesterday.

Cleanliness drive by students
Ambala, December 23
At least 50 NSS volunteers of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Baldev Nagar, Ambala City, carried out a cleanliness drive in and around the campus yesterday.

Haripur village sarpanch honoured
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 23
Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan has honoured Inderjit Singh, sarpanch of Haripur village in the Khera block, for proper utilisation of funds under the Nirmal Gram Puraskar Scheme.

Consumers Day celebrated
Patiala, December 23
The Patiala Consumers and Telephone Subscribers Forum today celebrated National Consumer Day in which Renuka B Salwan of the Bureau of Indian Standard was the chief guest.

Health camp held
Ambala, December 23
A large number of patients were diagnosed and given homeopathic medicine free of cost in a health camp organised by the district ayurvedic office at Jandli village adjoining Ambala City.


Illegal Power Connections
HC upholds lok adalat’s orders
Chandigarh, December 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the orders of permanent lok adalat, directing the Electricity Department to either fix separate meters in houses outside the lal dora, or recover electricity consumption dues in accordance with the reading of sub meters.

High Court
Ban on TV serial sought
Chandigarh, December 23
Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal today issued notice of motion to the Union of India and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for February 12, 2010, on a petition seeking a ban on “Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka”.

Teacher Recruitment Scam
Jolly gets bail
Chandigarh, December 23
A local court today granted bail to jolly, an alleged accused, in the recent Teachers Recruitment Scam. He furnished a bail bind of Rs 25,000, however, the court did not let him off, as he is behind bars in another matter.

Army NCO gets two-year jail
Chandigarh, December 23
A general court martial (GCM) has convicted an ex-Army non-commissioned officer on charges of corruption and sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment.


Gang of highway robbers busted
Mohali, December 23
The police has busted a gang of highway robbers with the arrest of three persons. Addressing a press conference here today, SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the police had arrested Isram Khan, Gaurav Bahadur, alias Gora, and Kiyam, all residents of Bibipur village in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the highway robberies.

House burgled
Chandigarh, December 23
Thieves decamped with household articles after breaking into a house in Sector 46.Ravinder Shamro Nikhare of Sector 46-B reported that someone had stolen TV, a laptop, two gas cylinders and Rs 3,000 from his residence on Monday evening.

Man hit by truck, dies
Zirakpur, December 23
A 65-year-old man died after being hit by a truck near Harmilap Nagar here this morning. The deceased was identified as Varinder Chadha, a resident of Sector 41-A, Chandigarh.


Amarjit Brara Amarjit is NRI golf king
Says he will be back next year
Chandigarh, December 23
Fortyfive-year-old Amarjit Brara from Chino Hills in Los Angeles stood tall among the 113 NRI golfers when he drived and putted his way to glory, clinching the Chandigarh Golfing Tour Trophy held on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, Chandi Mandir SEPTA course and the Panchkula Golf Club. Amarjit rallied after a poor first round, firing the best five over 77 card on the last day to emerge the king of the greens among NRI golfers.

St John’s lay hands on St Kabir trophy
Chandigarh, December 23
Players of St John’s and St Kabir in action during the final of St Kabir Football Trophy for Under-13 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Strong contenders St John’s High School maintained their monopoly by winning the title for the fifth time in a row, beating hosts St Kabir High School, Sector 26, 3-1 in the final of the St Kabir Football Trophy for Under-13 conducted under the aegis of the Chandigarh Football Association here today.

Players of St John’s and St Kabir in action during the final of St Kabir Football Trophy for Under-13 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Blue Chilly Cup
Karan, Talwinderjit fashion DP Azad win
Chandigarh, December 23
Openers Karan Aggarwal and Talwinderjit Singh Sr slammed centuries to pave the way for Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy’s 109-run win over 37 Cricket Academy in the Blue Chilly Cup Cricket Tournament organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy at the St Stephen’s School ground in Sector 45 here today.

AICF Haryana emerge T20 champs
Chandigarh, December 23
AICF Haryana defeated AICF Chandigarh by eight wickets in the final of the T20 Champions Trophy for Under-17 at The Banyan Tree School Grounds in Sector 48-B here today. Jasmeen of AICF Haryana was declared the man of the series in the tournament organised by the All-India Cricket Federation.


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